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Deer hunt good for state economy

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Nov 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Nearly a half million hunters are expected to roam Minnesota's fields and woods during the state's 14-day deer hunt.

The Department of Natural Resources says the hunt is big business. The DNR estimates it pumps $458 million into the state's economy each year, including $260 million in retail sales.

KSTP-TV reports the DNR expects 200,000 deer will be killed this hunting season. That compares to an estimated 1 million deer in Minnesota.

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